Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Report: Potomac River is on its way to recovery

WTOP

WTOP Washington D.C.

The health of the Potomac River is improving. It gets a “B-” in the ninth State of the Nation’s River report from the Potomac Conservancy. "This is the first time that the river’s health has ever been above a C,” said Potomac Conservancy President Hedrick Belin. The group bases its ranking on factors that include levels of runoff from urban and suburban areas, growth of underwater grasses, fish populations and recreational access points to the river.

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After water woes, N.Y. eyes tougher standards

Journal News

In the midst of nationally growing concerns over water contamination, New York state lawmakers are proposing a series of bills to address the issue. A bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, would shift the responsibility of testing for lead in water from schools and day-care centers to instead be conducted by local water departments.

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Long Island Sound wetlands loss 'staggering'

WSHU Fairfield

A new study says one-third of all the tidal wetlands that surround Long Island Sound have disappeared since the 1880s, and the Environmental Protection Agency calls the loss staggering. The study was released last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other state and federal agencies.

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